NPFL review MD10: Olatunbosun’s wonder goal downs Rangers

MFM 2-1 Rangers Int’l

Sikiru Olatunbosun scored a goal of the season contender for MFM at the Agege Stadium as they beat Rangers by two goals to one to briefly climb to second on the table. The striker showed skill and technique with his back to goal looping the ball over Etim before hitting a half-volley on the turn that left goalkeeper Itodo without a chance. There have been suggestions that the goal might be sent to FIFA to consider for the Puskas award, it was that good!

MFM had never before beaten Rangers in their two meetings prior to Friday’s contest (1D, 1L) but Stephen Odey scored at the hour mark to take his tally to five and MFM never looked like losing from there although Bobby Clement pulled one back for the Rangers in the 81st minute.

Shooting Stars 1-1 Remo Stars

Shooting Stars spurned the opportunity to scramble clear in a relegation six-pointer with Remo Stars who arrived at the Lekan Salami stadium bottom of the league.

Sunday Faleye gave the hosts a halftime lead but Victor Mbaoma, who’s been in good for form for the Sky Blue Stars, struck eight minutes into the second half toe ensure that Fatai Osho’s lads took home a share of the spoils.

 

Akwa United 3-1 Abia Warriors

Akwa United went into this fixture hoping to keep their momentum going after a poor start to the season but knowing that recent history favoured the visitors. United had just the one win in six previous meetings and needed something special to overturn the Warriors.

Ibrahim Alhassan delivered with a well taken first half brace and Moses Ebiye provided a third minutes after the restart to seal all three points.

Akwa have now won three of their last five, a massive improvement from winning none in the first five.

 

ABS 1-0 Wikki Tourists

Wikki’s search for a first point on the road continues, an early goal from Mohammed Mohammed ensured ABS took all three points and remain third on the table.

The Tourists have lost all four fixtures on the road this season (ABS, Lobi, Niger, El-Kanemi) scoring just once.

 

Kano Pillars 1-0 Katsina United

Another slim victory for Kano Pillars came courtesy of Chinedu Udoji who headed home in the 27th minute to hand Pillars a one nil victory over Katsina.

 

Lobi Stars 2-1 Enyimba

Lobi Stars emerged victorious in a highly charged encounter at the Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi which produced two penalties as well as a sending off.

Enyimba took the lead from the spot through Ismaila Gata but were soon reduced to ten with Kelly Kester sent off for a second bookable offence. Another penalty, this time for Lobi, was tucked away by Okpotu in the second half before David Tyavkase scored the winner at the death.

 

Ifeanyi Uba 1-0 Plateau United

League leaders Plateau United lost a second game this season in Nnewi but remain top with a two-point gap over second placed El-Kanemi.

Last season’s top scorer Godwin Obaje drew a foul in the box to win the penalty and Prince Aggreh made no mistake from 12 yards.

 

Niger 1-0 Gombe

Ifeanyi Okoye’s hit a sumptuous free-kick in the third minute to give the Tornadoes all three points.

 

El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 Nasarawa United

El-Kanemi Warriors are fast turning their home ground into a fortress, before Sunday’s encounter the Warriors had won all four at home scoring seven and conceding just once.

Nasarawa would be no different although they held out in the first half they were breached twice in four second-half minutes by Bello Kofarmata and Mathias Samuel.

 

Sunshine Stars 1-0 Rivers United

Sunshine Stars put a solitary goal past Rivers United in the 39th minute and it was enough to give them all three points. The Stars have now leapfrogged Rivers and sit 11th but have to keep looking over their shoulder as they are just two points from safety.

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